Describe the main features of the measure/initiative:
Alserkal Residency was created as a platform for artistic and discursive exchange, seeking to support cultural practitioners as they realize projects pertinent to their respective practices. The program is designed to be immersive and engage the local interdisciplinary community through a series of public events and conversations. The Residency focuses on research-based and socially engaged practices. Split into three cycles – Spring, Summer and Fall – via a combination of open calls and solicited proposals, the primary focus of the Residency is to foster an exploration of ideas. Since inception, there have been a total number of 19 visiting artists from across the globe, including but not limited to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Bangladesh, India, United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Lithuania and Poland. Practitioners are selected through a rigorous process by a selection committee comprised of leading international academics, curators, writers, and artists. The 2019-2020 Selection Committee are: Pierre Bélanger, iLiana Fokianaki, César Garcíia-Alvarez, Raja’a Khalid, Monica Narula, Filipa Ramos and Uzma Rizvi. Past residents include multi-disciplinary artists such as: METASITU (artist collective), Mona Ayyash, Mandy Merzaban, Suzy Halajian, Civil Architecture (architecture collective comprised of Ali Karimi and Hamed Bukhamseen) and Michael John Whelan. Practitioners in residence are given the opportunity to meet with mentors to help develop their practice. This includes studio visits by the selection committee as well as local mentors such as Lantian Xie, Bana Kattan, Mai Shalaby, Anne Davidian and Tishani Doshi.
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the measure/initiative?:
• 623 attendees to public programs • 19 visiting artists have been in residence since the opening of Alserkal Residency in 2017. Alserkal Residency has promoted and continues to promote cultural exchange through its diverse selection of artists. They participate in a series of public programs, studio visits and seminars that not only help support their multi-disciplinary practice but engage with the local arts community. Alserkal Residency supports talent locally, regionally and internationally. Offer visiting artists the opportunity to learn about the UAE art and culture sector, promoting cooperation in the cultural field.